A study on the growth of Lycopersicum esculentum (tomato) using cocohusk ash and coir dust as fertilizers.

Alicer, Julie D. and Crisostomo, Rhea Z. (1998) A study on the growth of Lycopersicum esculentum (tomato) using cocohusk ash and coir dust as fertilizers. Undergraduate thesis, De La Salle University-Dasmarinas.

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The study focused on direct investigation of comparative effects of fertilizers using cocohusk ash, coir dust and inorganic fertilizer (14-14-14) as control on the growth response of Lycopersicum esculentum (tomato) based on its number of leaves, length of plant stem and number of flowers. Three replications of 8 seedlings per treatment in polybags were used with loam soil and three observations were done: upon transplant, after the 30th day and after the 100th day. Results revealed that cocohusk ash is not an effective fertilizer on the growth of tomato plants due to its ability to increase soil alkalinity that is detrimental to the acid soil requirement of tomato making the soil nutrients insoluble for the uptake of plants. Coir dust is more effective as fertilizer than cocohusk ash because it improves the physical soil structure, has high water holding capacity, prevents drastic changes in soil pH and contains sufficient amount of nutrients necessary for plant growth. Coir dust can be used as an alternative fertilizer to inorganic fertilizer.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BIO 326 1998
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QK Botany
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Depositing User: Ms. Bibiana Alcantara
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2015 01:20
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2015 01:20
URI: http://thesis.dlsud.edu.ph/id/eprint/311

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